Nigerian President Muhammadu Buhari is ordering a probe into how an extremist Lebanese Muslim cleric, Ahmed al-Assir, got a visa to visit the country. The suspected terrorist was arrested Saturday by authorities at Beirut’s airport while trying to flee to Nigeria via Cairo, Lebanese media reported.
Buhari, “furious” over the incident, has ordered his Foreign Ministry to investigate how a valid visa was issued to the Sunni Muslim extremist, who has been on the run for more than two years. Nigeria’s National Intelligence Agency and the embassy in Lebanon were also directed to explain what happened, a Foreign Ministry official told Vanguard Newspapers.
“The reported arrest of the wanted terrorist is a huge embarrassment to Nigeria, and the president has directed that the matter should be investigated,” the official told the Nigerian newspapers Tuesday. “We are amazed that such a high-profile terrorist would evade our radar. This is a major breach that cannot be allowed…
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